The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Policymaking as design in complex systems - the international climate change regime

Peake, Stephen (2010). Policymaking as design in complex systems - the international climate change regime. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 12(2) pp. 15–22.

Full text available as:
[img]
Preview
PDF (Version of Record) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (260Kb)
URL: http://emergentpublications.com/ECO/about_eco.aspx
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

This paper explores policymaking as a design process in complex systems using the example of the international climate policy regime. Applying Johnson's (2008) framework on science and the designing of policy for complex futures, we establish that the evolution of international climate policy displays some characteristics of an ad hoc complexity-science policy-design process. The IPCC's emissions scenario approach is used as an example of the current climate-science policy regime's approach to dealing with policy uncertainty. We conclude that such an approach fails to capture the true relationships between policymakers, the complex models they seek to design and the actual uncertainty inherent in the environment. Further, we conclude that more formal linkages between climate policymaking and complex systems science could generate valuable new insights for both policymakers and scientists.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Emergence: Complexity and Emergence published by I.S.C.E.
ISSN: 1521-3250
Keywords: climate policy; complexity; design
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Related URLs:
Item ID: 23513
Depositing User: Stephen Peake
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2010 09:27
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 15:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/23513
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk